With Hurricane Danny off in the distance, those of us who live along the Gulf Coast are reminded that the height of hurricane season is September, which is only a couple of weeks away.
Though weather officials say that Danny may have a hard time making it to this region, we should still be prepared for other major storms.
Preparation and awareness are key in these types of violent weather events.
If the weather calls for it, having an evacuation plan may be necessary.
Officials say the Valley will likely see more rainfall in September, and therefore, having flood insurance is essential.
“September is the month where we maximize that opportunity, no matter what our El Nino situation is,” said National Weather Service Warning Coordinator Meteorologist Barry Goldsmith. “The atmosphere wants to do its thing and make it rain here in the Valley here in September. So hurricane or not, people should be prepared for the possibility of flooding rain, from now, which is the end of August, through the first ten days of October.”
“You really need three types of insurance policies,” said Insurance Council of Texas member Mark Hanna. “One’s a wind storm policy that protects you against any type of winds or hail for that matter, also a flood insurance policy that protects you from any type of storm surge or rising waters, and third is a home owner policy or a fire policy, which protects you against lightening, fire, liability, theft, and burglary.”
Weather officials say when you’re living along the Texas Coast, it’s always a good idea to get flood insurance before it’s too late.